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Quality Counts - GOLD. Opportunities. Overview. Importance of extracurricular activities to young people Opportunities available for young people in agriculture Defining success Preparing young people for adulthood and careers. Importance of Extracurricular Activities.

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  • Importance of extracurricular activities to young people
  • Opportunities available for young people in agriculture
  • Defining success
  • Preparing young people for adulthood and careers

Importance of Extracurricular Activities

  • Other opportunities besides showing livestockmust be presented to young people.
  • Extracurricular activities help young people gain leadership and life skills.
  • Opportunities include:
    • Judging contests
    • Livestock camps
    • Scholarships
    • Skillathons
    • Career preparation

Importance of Extracurricular Activities

  • Young people should know that extracurricular activities require commitment.
  • Adults must support and encourageyoung people in their activities.
  • Many young people are unsurewhether they have what it takesto be leaders.
  • Introducing young people to opportunities in agriculture can stimulate their interest.
  • In many extracurricular activities young people can form close-knit groups.

Extracurricular Activities

and Service Learning

  • Leadership skills gained from extracurricular activities can be used in service learning projects.
  • Service learning integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities
  • Service learning activities helpyoung people engage in selfreflection and self-discovery,and acquire values, skillsand knowledge.

Service Learningand Livestock Projects

Example: A showmanship clinic conducted by senior members for younger kids

  • Seniors plan the event and work one-on-one with younger kids.
  • Seniors gain communicationand leadership skills.

Respect ThroughService Learning

  • Participants learn to respect the leaders of organizations.
  • Learning respect is an example of positive character education.
  • Respect focuses on honoring the worth and dignity of others, as well as themselves.
  • Young people learn to deal respectfully with others, even those who seem not to deserve respect.

Opportunities for Young Peoplein Agriculture

  • There are many opportunities, such as 4-H and FFA events that occur year-round.
  • Some opportunities allow young people to travel across Texas and the U.S.
  • Opportunities can be competitive or strictly informational.
  • These events acquaint young people with agricultural careers.

Opportunities for Youth

  • Beef
    • Beef Quiz Bowl
    • Beef Educational Presentation / Method Demonstration
  • Sheep and Meat Goat
    • Texas 4-H Goat Camp
    • Howard College Goat and Lamb Camps
    • Aggieland Lamb and Goat Camp
    • Goat Judging Contest and and Goat Bowl
    • Goat Kid Giveaway Program
    • Texas Sheep and Goat Youth Leadership Workshop
    • Sheep Skillathon
    • Sheep and/or Goat Educational Presentation/ Method Demonstration
    • Sheep and Goat Showmanship Clinics


  • Swine
    • Texas Pork Producers Association Pork Leadership Tour
    • Texas Junior Livestock Association Pig Camp
    • Swine Skillathon
    • Swine Educational Presentation/Method Demonstration
  • Judging
    • 4-H Livestock Judging
    • FFA Career Development Livestock Judging
    • Texas A&M University Livestock Judging Camp
    • Mohair Judging Contest
    • FFA Career Development Wool Judging Contest
    • Wool Judging Contest
  • For other 4-H and FFA activities see:

http://texas4-h.tamu.edu/projects/index.html or http://www.texasffa.org/


Defining Success

  • Success – the achievement of something desired, planned or attempted
  • Failure – not achieving what you desire, plan or attempt
  • Success is not about winning or losing.


of Successful People

  • Confident
  • Hard workers
  • Failure increases their

motivation to work harder

  • Challenge themselves
  • Take credit for success and take responsibility for failure


of Unsuccessful People

  • Doubt themselves and are anxious
  • Don’t work very hard
  • Give up when things don’tgo well
  • Just go through the motionswithout much effort
  • Believe someone elsecontrols whether theysucceed or fail

Preparing Youth for Adulthood and Careers

  • Adults are responsible for helping young people explore career options.
  • Adults can help young peopledetermine if college is right for them.
  • Adults can help with collegeapplications and with loanand scholarship applications.

Preparing Youth for Adulthood and Careers

  • Adults can help young people connect with those who can answer questions about college and careers.
  • County Extension agents, ag. science teachers and 4-H specialists can help.
  • If given the resources, young people can see the opportunities available in agriculture.

Career Selection Process

  • Career selection starts about age 10.
  • Adults must help in the career selection process.
  • Young people who participate in agricultural activities will know about agricultural career options.


  • Adults should guide and encourage young people as they explore different career and college paths.
  • Whatever path a young person takes, it is the adults’ responsibility to guide and support.
  • Adults should emphasize the importance of striving for success in whatever they do.
  • Getting young people involved in extracurricular activities associated with agriculture increases the likelihood that they will pursue agricultural careers.